God’s Banker

No big surprise, the Vatican scandals continue. The Telegraph reported on another a couple of days ago under the headline, “Prosecutors investigate Vatican Bank mafia link”
The Telegraph stated that “Anti Mafia prosecutors have asked the secretive Vatican Bank to disclose details of an account held by a priest in connection with a money laundering and fraud investigation, it emerged on Sunday.” The priest in question is named Ninni Treppiedi and according to the Telegraph, no records of the priests account have been disclosed by the Vatican Bank, although an official request has been made more than month ago.
As I stated in my book, “the central bank of the Church of Rome, the Instituto per le Opere di Religione, or Vatican Bank, continues to be linked to the Mafia by criminal investigators, through such activities as money laundering and other financial wrongdoing.”
The Telegraph stated that, “The reports emerged in the Italian media and came just two weeks after the head of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was sacked amid claims of power struggles and corruption within the Holy See which have been linked to the leaking of sensitive documents belonging to Pope Benedict XVI.”
The Telegraph pointed out that it is thirty years ago since “God’s Banker” Roberto Calvi was discovered under Blackfriars Bridge in London. He was found hanging with money and bricks in his pockets. “
The Telegraph also pointed out that “Initially City of London police recorded the death as suicide but Italian authorities believe it was murder after it emerged Calvi, known as God’s Banker because of his links to the Vatican Bank, had been trying to launder millions of pounds of mob money via its accounts and through his own Banco Ambrosiano which had collapsed spectacularly.” This was also dealt with in David Yallop’s excellent book, In God’s Name.
Not much has changed at the Vatican as far as coming clean and cooperating with law enforcement goes. As I also pointed out in my book, “For years, the former head of the bank, Archbishop Paul Marcinkus was wanted by the Italian authorities for fraud, theft by deception and criminal conspiracy, relating to hundreds of millions of dollars that left an Italian bank, Banco Ambrosiano, and ended up at the Vatican Bank.”

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